On Tuesday 13 February WLA ACT hosted its first event of 2018, a Mentor Breakfast with guest speaker the Honourable Associate Justice Verity McWilliam at Hotel Hotel in New Acton.
Associate Justice McWilliam was sworn in as the Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT in June 2017. Prior to her appointment, Associate Justice McWilliam was a solicitor at PwC and the Crown Solicitor’s Office of NSW before being called to the NSW bar and practising in the areas of commercial/equity, criminal, employment, environment/planning, public and torts law.
Around 60 attendees heard the Associate Justice speak about everything from her personal quest for the perfect mentor (there isn't one perfect mentor, but rather many less than perfect ones) to work life balance. Her Honour emphasised the importance of a five year plan, saying no to unnecessary work dinners, and reflected on the challenges of being a woman at the Bar. The Associate Justice also mentioned that one of her first steps upon moving to the ACT was to join the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT.
Women Lawyers Association of the ACT would like to extend its thanks to Hotel Hotel for their assistance in organising and running the event, and to Associate Justice McWilliam taking the time out of her busy schedule to speak to our members and for her warm, frank and engaging speech.
Be sure to check out the photos on our Facebook page from the event.